Statistics from the Health Ministry indicate that the number of confirmed and suspected Ebola infections has increased to 34 while deaths attributable to the outbreak stand at 21.This is an increase from 31 suspected and confirmed cases of infections as of Saturday. The number of deaths was at 19 on Saturday.

This information is contained in the update given last evening, on Monday by Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson of the Health ministry. He said that of the cumulative cases which stand at 34, the 16 are laboratory confirmed while 18 are just a probability. Similarly, of the 21 deaths, four are confirmed while 17 are a probability.

Cases reported outside Mubende include three in Kyegegwa and one in Kassanda but all linked to the index case in Mubende, there are no confirmed cases in Kampala as yet

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The Kampala Capital City Authority told this newspaper that the results for the suspected Ebola death in the city will be out by today. Districts where confirmed and suspected cases have been reported include Kassanda, Kampala, Kisoro, Kakumiro, Mubende, Kyegegwa, and Lyantonde. Health authorities said samples from suspected cases are being analysed at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

The ministry appealed to the population to adhere to preventive measures and report any suspected cases to nearby health facilities or authorities. According to the Health ministry, Ebola is transmitted through contact with the blood, stool or fluids of an infected person and objects that have been contaminated with body fluids from an infected person.

One can also contract the disease through contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as fruit bats and other wild animals. The known symptoms of Ebola include high body temperatures, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, unexplained bleeding, yellowing of the eyes. Bleeding is usually a late presentation after the above symptoms, according to the Health ministry.

Leticia Nambaziira

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